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Granite State Insurance Company card from local insurance seller.Frank Jone company was a great Brewing maker for years.
1832 15 September Jones born on a farm in Barrington, New Hampshire.
1858 Jones is working for John Swindell at his brewery.
1860 Jones is full owner of the brewery which produces 5,300 barrels a year.
1863 Jones adds a malt house to brewery.
1868 Elected Mayor of Portsmouth.
1874 Elected to the 47th Congress as a Democrat.
1876 Re-elected to Congress as a Democrat.
1878 Does not run for re-election to Congress.
1878 Jones adds a cooperage (barrel house) to his brewery.
1879 Jones adds a second malt house to his brewery.
1880 Jones loses New Hampshire governor's race to Republican Charles Henry Bell by only a few thousand votes, 44,432 to 40,813.
1883 "The Western Brewer" (A trade journal) lists Frank Jones as the largest ale brewer in the country. In 1882 the brewery produced almost 150,000 barrels of ale.
1883 Jones begins to develop local springs as a water supply. He either founds or buys the Portsmouth Aqueduct Company.
1884 The brewery house is expanded.
1888 The "Clock Tower" is finished at the brewery. It is 140 feet high, 40 feet taller than the rest of the brewery. The clock face measured 11 feet across. The tower bell weighed over 3,000 lbs.
1889 16 March Frank Jones puts his company's stock on the market in London. The new company is incorporated on 17 May 1889 with Jones remaining to manage the plant.
1896 Disgusted over William Jennings Bryan's stand on "Free Silver", Jones switches to the Republican party.
1896 The Portsmouth brewery is producing about 250,000 barrels a year.
1900 Presidential Elector to the Republican ticket, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
1900 Bottling works added.
1902 2 October Jones dies at his home in Portsmouth.
1917 Prohibition starts in New Hampshire as a war-time measure.
1933 Prohibition ends in New Hampshire.
1947 June 3. Frank Jones Brewery sold to Caldwell, Inc.
1950 Frank Jones brewery closes after 90 years.
Brands Produced by Frank Jones Brewery
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India Pale Ale
Golden Ale (just prior to Prohibition)
Frank Jones Ale (post Prohibition)
Frank Jones Bock (post Prohibition)
John Swindells 1856-1858
Swindells and Jones 1858-1859
Frank Jones 1859-1888
Frank Jones Brewing Co., Ltd. 1888-1917
Eldridge Brewing 1933-1937
Eldridge Brewing Co. 1937-1943 dba Frank Jones Brewing Co.
Frank Jones Brewing Co. 1943-1950